May 1, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
FSU men’s tennis anxiously waited at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon as ESPNews’ broadcast of the NCAA Selection results aired. At 2:35 p.m., Head coach Dwayne Hultquist and his men’s tennis team received exciting news that Florida State will host the NCAA Regionals on May 11-12 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Round one of the tournament will take place on Friday, May 11 beginning with No. 1 seed Florida State versus No. 4 seed Manhattan College at 10:00 a.m. The second match of the day will be No. 2 seed Florida versus No. 3 seed Georgia Tech at 1:00 p.m.
“We’re very glad to be hosting,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I don’t think they gave us a very good draw because we lost to Georgia Tech 4-3 and beat Florida 4-3. I really feel like Florida should be seeded because they beat Baylor who’s the third seed overall and LSU as well. I feel like they should have hosted and I think our regional is one of the most difficult.”
Although Florida State has been on the border line of hosting the last two years, this is the first time in program history the men’s tennis team has hosted NCAA Regionals at Florida State.
“We’ve hosted the NCAA’s before but we didn’t play in it,” Hultquist said. “The women played back in 1994 so this is the first time we’ve really hosted an event that’s this big. Hopefully this will bring a lot of support and a lot of people will come out to the courts.”
“This is definitely a step up for the program and definitely something we’ve wanted to do for the last couple years,” senior Ytai Abougzir said. “Our goal this year was to host and we accomplished it. The coaches are happy and we’re happy so this is a good moment for us.”
Fans and media are invited to join the men’s and women’s Seminoles as they host a selection party on Tuesday night at the Varsity Club beginning at 5:30 p.m. Finger foods will be provided as well as information about NCAA Regionals to be held at Florida State. Tickets will be available soon to purchase for rounds one and two of the championships. Day passes for adults will be $5.00, students (with ID) $3.00 and children under the age of two are free.
No. 16 Florida State men’s tennis team (16-9, 8-6 ACC) is led by head coach Dwayne Hultquist who enters his fifth consecutive NCAA Championships. In 2005, FSU men’s tennis made program history as they reached the elite eight while the Seminoles fell short in 2006 to Ole Miss in round two of the regionals.
No. 17 Florida State women’s tennis team (15-7, 8-5 ACC) last competed in the NCAA tournament in 2005 during head coach Jennifer Hyde’s debut season where the Seminoles fell to Florida International in round one of regionals. Coach Hyde and her team will be traveling to Los Angeles, California on May 11 for the NCAA Regionals hosted by UCLA.
Florida State men’s and women’s tennis teams will be honored with a lighting of the torch at the “Unconqured” statue on Thursday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. for their participation in the 2007 NCAA Tennis Championships.